In the "I don't get it" department, pharmacy chain CVS wants to open in-store medical clinics in Boston staffed by medical professionals to treat minor ailments -- sore throats, poison ivy -- in an easy, quick and cost-effective fashion.
The nurse practitioners working in these clinics would be trained to spot more serious ailments and refer patients either to physicians or emergency rooms as appropriate. The plan has been approved by the the Massachusetts Public Health Council.
Now we get to the part I don't get -- Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is trying to stop it, reports the Boston Globe.
"Limited service medical clinics run by merchants in for-profit corporations will seriously compromise quality of care and hygiene," he said. "Allowing retailers to make money off of sick people is wrong."
For-profit corporations? As opposed to people going to for-profit hospitals and for-profit doctors?
And it's okay for for-profit pharmacies to sell cough drops, prescription drugs and, of all things, cigarettes, but not to provide this level of healthcare?
Compromising quality and hygiene? As opposed to sitting in a doctor's waiting room or emergency room for hours, surrounded by people hacking, wheezing, sneezing, bleeding and oozing?
If we want to improve healthcare in this country and make it more accessible and affordable, the first step has to be, uh, making it more accessible and affordable. And this seems like a modest step in that direction.
Whose pocket is this guy in? Or is he just on crack? You can read the mayor's news release on the topic here.
Proving that I'm not, in fact, the meanest parent in the universe.
This on the AP about an Iowa mom who sold her son's car after finding booze under the front seat.
From the ad: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet."
When the bought him the car -- so "free car" for the kid -- they gave him two rules: keep it locked and no booze.
Wow, it's only a little after 1 p.m., and I've already: -- Been to the gym -- Updated my resume -- Laid out my fitness and nutrition regimen for the year -- Changed the batteries in the CO and smoke detectors.
Modest new year's resolutions for me as usual: 1) Lose 20 pounds -- sensibly, through proper diet and exercise. I figure I'm 10 pounds away from my clothes fitting right, and 20 away from looking the way I'd like to look.